This article begins a discussion on the common question of whether an Arkansas child can refuse to follow through with court ordered visitation. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents operate under a misunderstanding as to the extent to which a child can choose their situation. This misunderstanding often leads to conflict between the parents. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help parents to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Whether there is an age at which a child can refuse visitation
- Dealing with a parent who is coaching the child to refuse visitation
- How Courts may deal with children who refuse to follow visitation orders
I have chosen to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, contrary to what many parents believe, there is no age at which children automatically receive complete decision making authority. That moment does not come until they reach the age of majority and no longer have to follow the mandates of their parents. Second, a parent who coaches a child to deny visitation can face severe consequences from the Judge. These may even include a reduction of their custody rights. Finally, children who refuse to follow visitation orders are likely to have very strict requirements placed on them by the judge.
One point I will be stressing in each of these articles is that one should contact an attorney immediately if they are going through a child visitation dispute. The longer one allows the situation to go on, then the more likely the Court is to consider the situation the “status quo.” This can result in the Court leaving the current situation in place. By contacting counsel sooner, rather than later, you help to ensure that your rights remain protected.
I am a Little Rock child custody lawyer and I understand that this is a serious time in your life. My office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you. I also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the remainder of Arkansas.